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Office of Global Engagement

Why Do They Do It? Explaining Jihadist Militancy In Western Countries

March 9, 2015

Why is Jihadist recruitment on the rise in Western states? In 2006 Jytte Klausen began to collect data on Western Jihadists by coding information from court documents and other public sources. The project has since evolved, and the Western Jihadism Project now has detailed material on over 3,000 Westerners who have been involved in Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism in the past two decades. Drawing on this unique database she will address the role of organization and ideology in the growth of Islamist extremism in the West, paying particular attention to the recent terrorist incidents in France and Belgium.

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